Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Moonlit Sanctuary is Melbourne’s award-winning wildlife park. Come and visit and get an up-close look at Australia’s amazing animals. Explore our bush-land while feeding kangaroos and wallabies, petting friendly koalas and enjoying encounters with wombats, reptiles, dingoes and many other animals including endangered species. More than 70 Australian species are waiting to meet you. Moonlit Sanctuary is conveniently located at the top of the Mornington Peninsula and only 50 minutes from Melbourne CBD.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Paulene
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All animals great and small
    Fantastic experience. Hand feed the friendly Kangaroos & Wallabies. See the Koals & Wombats. Experience animals in their natural environment. Spend the day amongst nature adn learn the importance of animal conservation .
    Visited May 2023
    Written 13 May 2023
  • RanganaRadini
    Melbourne, Australia71 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get up close with roos
    Fantastic place to view Australian native animals. Can get very crowded during weekends though. So many wild kangaroos and wallabies roam so you can feed them and take close up photos. Best time would be opening time as less crowded also the animals haven't had too many treats from visitors so they are enthusiastic to come to you for a treat.Good Cafe on site as well.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Johnstanno
    Singapore, Singapore375 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent sanctuary to be up close with wildlife
    I saw many kids and adults feeding kangaroos and wallaby as they are free to roam around and they will come close to you if you have feeds. Animals are placed spaciously apart and look well taken care of. Especially love the variety of birds enjoying the pond in the middle of the sanctuary. We had lunch at the cafeteria - service was simple and food tatse good.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Martyna Mateja-Pluta
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Experience to remember
    The experience of our lives! Amazing very close contact with kangaroos, wallabies and koalas was out of this world. The staff at the sanctuary is incredibly nice and very helpful. I recommend it to anyone who wants close contact with Australian animals.
    Thank you for taking the time to recommend us. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and meeting our awesome animals and staff. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at the sanctuary again soon.
    Written 3 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Lyn B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The night tour is FABULOUS
    We did the night tour with one of the naturalists and it was a wonderful experience. At night time is when they feed the animals so you are walking around at dusk and in the dark with lanterns and the kangaroos and wallabies and possums are all around you. You get to feed them! (except for the nosy possums), including going into the the enclosure with the gliding squirrels to give them nectar! The guide was informative and passionate about the animals and their wellbeing; we learned a lot, and we felt we were encountering the animals close up without endangering or intruding on their living spaces. All in all - recommend 150%.
    Thank you for taking the time to recommend us with such a lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and meeting our awesome animals and staff. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at the sanctuary again soon.
    Written 29 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 October 2023
  • Ros_Mel2014
    Melbourne, Australia81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit and see native animals up close
    Loved the whole experience. It was great value and I’ve never been so up close to native animals before. We got to feed lots of wallabies and some kangaroos plus get really close to koalas, wombats and more. The keeper talks were very informative and all the staff were cheerful. The food and gift shop were well priced. We had a great time and will definitely return.
    Thank you for your great review! We're thrilled to hear that you had such a positive experience during your visit. It sounds like you had a fantastic time engaging with our wildlife through our activities like the keeper talks and kangaroo and wallaby feeding. Your support means the world to us, and we're delighted that you had such a memorable and enjoyable day at the sanctuary. We look forward to welcoming you back again to create even more amazing memories with our furry and feathered friends!
    Written 26 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 December 2023
  • Leannie
    Hanoi, Vietnam1,421 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice to spend an hr or two at max
    We came on boxing day and were surprised to see how busy it was, and we were glad we had pre booked our koala bear encounter as it was sold out on the day. We enjoyed walking around the small sanctuary and seeing so many kangaroos and wallabies, as we are from the UK, this was our first time seeing them, and it was exciting how close they were to us. I avoided feeding them as it seemed nearly everyone in the park had a large container of feed, and they were being encouraged to eat and eat to be enticed closer for photo ops. The koala experience felt a little rushed, we joined a large queue, and everyone had the opportunity to take a couple of photos and then were moved on. I guess I thought it would have been a more intimate experience where we would find out more information about the koalas and have more time.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 December 2023
  • Cat T
    Berkeley, California13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really is the best place to see Aussie animals!
    This was my first time visiting Australia and I wanted to see as many Aussie animals as possible so we came here for a few hours and we all really enjoyed it! The highlights were listening to a laughing kookaburra, watching a flying squirrel soar through the air, a huge wombat digging a hole in the ground, a koala out of the trees running across the ground, and feeding the kangaroos and wallabys. Highly recommended!
    Thank you for such a lovely review. We are so glad that you enjoyed visiting us and our awesome animals.
    Written 25 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 February 2024
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Cat T
Berkeley, CA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This was my first time visiting Australia and I wanted to see as many Aussie animals as possible so we came here for a few hours and we all really enjoyed it! The highlights were listening to a laughing kookaburra, watching a flying squirrel soar through the air, a huge wombat digging a hole in the ground, a koala out of the trees running across the ground, and feeding the kangaroos and wallabys. Highly recommended!
Written 25 February 2024
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Thank you for such a lovely review. We are so glad that you enjoyed visiting us and our awesome animals.
Written 26 February 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

James M
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
The Moonlit Sanctuary impressively makes every effort to let the animals live their best lives and allows the animals to choose how interactive they want to be. Particularly impressive was the Wombat encounter (thank you Mary) and the chance to interact with these elusive and dwindling animals in a manner that is respectful of their independence and autonomy.

It was a pleasure to visit such an environmentally and animal friendly venue.
Written 23 January 2024
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AJMarino
New York City, NY15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Loved the behind the scenes tour! This was the perfect way to get up close and personal with the animals at the reserve in the company of a zookeeper who was able to take us to areas roped off to other guests. The experience is definitely a “Zookeeper for a day” so would recommend for anyone interested in things like how animals are trained and fed, but it’s definitely educational and not exclusively about petting animals. I personally loved it!

We had to purchase the koala experience separately which was also super worth it and one of the better Koala meet and greets on our Australia trip (much better than options out of Sydney and closer to Melbourne)

If you’re going in summer definitely aim for early summer when the weather is a bit cooler. Fair warning that there are a *lot* of flies roaming about during that season which can be a lot so come prepped with fly nets if needed.
Written 5 January 2024
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Leannie
Hanoi, Vietnam1,421 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We came on boxing day and were surprised to see how busy it was, and we were glad we had pre booked our koala bear encounter as it was sold out on the day.
We enjoyed walking around the small sanctuary and seeing so many kangaroos and wallabies, as we are from the UK, this was our first time seeing them, and it was exciting how close they were to us.
I avoided feeding them as it seemed nearly everyone in the park had a large container of feed, and they were being encouraged to eat and eat to be enticed closer for photo ops.
The koala experience felt a little rushed, we joined a large queue, and everyone had the opportunity to take a couple of photos and then were moved on. I guess I thought it would have been a more intimate experience where we would find out more information about the koalas and have more time.
Written 27 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ros_Mel2014
Melbourne, Australia81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Loved the whole experience. It was great value and I’ve never been so up close to native animals before. We got to feed lots of wallabies and some kangaroos plus get really close to koalas, wombats and more. The keeper talks were very informative and all the staff were cheerful. The food and gift shop were well priced. We had a great time and will definitely return.
Written 21 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your great review! We're thrilled to hear that you had such a positive experience during your visit. It sounds like you had a fantastic time engaging with our wildlife through our activities like the keeper talks and kangaroo and wallaby feeding. Your support means the world to us, and we're delighted that you had such a memorable and enjoyable day at the sanctuary. We look forward to welcoming you back again to create even more amazing memories with our furry and feathered friends!
Written 26 December 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

ADocUk
Melbourne, Australia196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A really fantastic day out. Opportunities to see a big variety of native wildlife and a good selection of animal encounters available. The keepers are very knowledgeable and friendly.
Written 17 November 2023
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We can’t thank you enough for the kind words about our Sanctuary. Your review means a lot to us and lets us know the work we are doing is appreciated! Looking forward to seeing you again soon and thanks again!
Written 19 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lyn B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We did the night tour with one of the naturalists and it was a wonderful experience. At night time is when they feed the animals so you are walking around at dusk and in the dark with lanterns and the kangaroos and wallabies and possums are all around you. You get to feed them! (except for the nosy possums), including going into the the enclosure with the gliding squirrels to give them nectar! The guide was informative and passionate about the animals and their wellbeing; we learned a lot, and we felt we were encountering the animals close up without endangering or intruding on their living spaces. All in all - recommend 150%.
Written 29 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for taking the time to recommend us with such a lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and meeting our awesome animals and staff. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at the sanctuary again soon.
Written 29 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

reeceyb
Chichester, UK1,636 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is a great place to observe and get up close to some of Australias most famous residents it’s not to expensive and well worth a visit especially if your on your way down to Phillip island
Written 13 October 2023
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Yadeesha R
Melbourne, Australia71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We did the night tour. It was a great experience. The lady who did the tour for us was very informative. Everyone enjoyed. I highly recommend it to everyone young and old. The place is well maintained and clean.
Written 26 September 2023
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Martyna Mateja-Pluta
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The experience of our lives! Amazing very close contact with kangaroos, wallabies and koalas was out of this world. The staff at the sanctuary is incredibly nice and very helpful. I recommend it to anyone who wants close contact with Australian animals.
Written 2 September 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to recommend us. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and meeting our awesome animals and staff. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at the sanctuary again soon.
Written 3 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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